Father Claims Daughter Is Young Missionary To Traveling Softball Community
Greg Kearney doesn't like to miss church on Sundays. He certainly doesn't like for his family to miss so many. But his daughter is on an AAU softball team, and his son is part of a traveling soccer club. That keeps them on the road for 20-30 Sundays a year. As people who used to be at church every time the doors were open, one can imagine the questions they faced when their lifestyle changed and they began spending half of the year away from church.
"It was difficult for a while," admits Kearney. "At first we told the coaches that we wouldn't be able to be at all of the games. But obviously that would impact Aston and Zoe's talent as well as playing time. Frankly, we felt a lot of judgment coming from the pastor and friends at church. They would tell us they missed us. They would ask if we were doing okay. Eventually they would ask how the kids were doing in their respective sports. We knew they were just putting the screws to us. My wife, Ginny and I spent a lot of time in prayer."
Greg says that through prayer they felt God was calling their family to see the traveling with the teams as a missionary call. "Aston and Zoe may just be teenagers, and they may not have been trained, and they may not go to church, or have spiritual mentors, but we feel they are missionaries. They get to be a light in the darkness of the sports field. Ginny and I are like missionaries in the stands. We don't exactly preach or talk about Jesus in any way. But I'm sure people see the light in and around us. We bring good vibes to bad calls. There are a lot of opportunities for that kind of evangelism."
The Kearneys are planning on creating some missionary info cards at Vistaprint to pass out and gain support from friends. "Let me tell you... having two missionary kids in the traveling sports community is not cheap," says Ginny.